Metropolis (2001 anime film)

In 1927, the German silent movie, “Metropolis” made cinematic history as it showed the cinematic part that no one had ever laid eyes on. An android that was able to disguise herself as a human, as it became a friend to the humans. This was before way ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘RoboCop’.

All this got attention of manga artist Osamu Tezuka who was inspired by that movie, and so did anime film director Rintaro. In which he made this 2001 anime film adaption, based on both the manga book and the 1927 movie of the same name.

In the future, humans and robots co-exist in the futuristic city, Metropolis. Massive, brand new, as it beats every city on Earth. The buildings and skyscrapers are way much bigger as they can take you way above the clouds.

While more than 400 million humans have tried to live there, they sometimes had trouble with the robots. Which was why an assassin, got into assassinating robots and didn’t care. His father was the Grand Duke of the city, until he got his caught him red handed and fired him.

For what he did that got him fired was by murdering a scientist, who was building an advanced robot modelled and named after the Grand Duke’s deceased daughter.

Her name was Tima. Until activated, she escaped with a detective and his nephew.

She was learning to be human, until they found out that she was a robot.

I can’t tell you on what happened to her in the end, cause well, that would be telling. Wouldn’t it?

I was 16 years of age when I watched the Japanese version. I never saw the English version cause I didn’t had enough time. I was in high school in order to graduate.

I do give this movie an amazing rate. 9/10 stars. Very good on such a masterpiece.

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Top 10 Swords in Movies and TV shows

By looking at movies and TV shows, the best part are swords. In this list, these are the top 10 swords that a character has. Given by their fathers, or masters as a gift, they accept it. There are five from movies, and five from TV shows that I saw long ago with my own eyes.

10. Inigo Montoya’s Rapier (The Princess Bride). Forged by his father, it was meant to kill that Count Rugen, that six fingered man. After Rugen killed him, and gave him those scars, Inigo swore fiery vengeance to kill that villainous count as he was on a lifelong journey to kill him. He became an amazing swashbuckler, until he finally met Count Rugen at the climax. Although he almost died by his wounds, but he still remained strong to kill him. He finally got his revenge by killing Count Rugen, right through his chest with the rapier he was given, before he and his friends could escape.

9. Katsumoto’s Katana (The Last Samurai). Owned by rebel leader Katsumoto, (portrayed by Ken Watanabe) he kept this from the moment he met Nathan Algren (portrayed by Tom Cruise). Rather than using a firearm that the Japanese Imperial Army were using, he considered this katana be his soul as all the samurai’s did, when they once fought hard on Earth since the final days of Ancient Japan. His fathers too when they had this. And at the final conflict, after dying with Nathan, his katana was given to the Emperor of Japan. He believed every word of detail that Nathan told him, as he kept it when the rebellion came to a righteous end. He also realized that Japan must never forget it’s own rich history and traditions. This also has an inscription. In Japanese, it reads: ‘Belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new’. 

8. Murasame (Akame Ga Kill). Owned by Akame, an assassin, this katana can kill a person in a single cut. She uses this every night. With her katana pierced in a victim’s skin, a deadly poison hits the heart of that victim, as he/she dies within seconds. With special powers and abilities, the blade can turn as black as night, as it can also possess Akame. She was as deadly as the devil when you look at her eyes. Black all over, with red eyelids. One stab from her katana, and that fat pig D. Trump would have venom in his blood vessels that can kill him permanently.

7. Sting (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings). It slices, dices, glows in the dark like a watch, as it can sense any orc or goblin close by. Bilbo Baggins had this as a young hobbit, while he was on that journey to reclaim a mountain home from that horrifying dragon, Smaug. (Portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch). And as an old man, he gave it to Frodo Baggins in order to destroy the ring once and for all. Very light and made by the wise elves, this was a perfect weapon for a hobbit to be a warrior. Bilbo called it ‘sting’, cause by killing an orc one time, it really stings for them. Especially when they killed some giant spiders that they ran into.

6. Kennosuke’s Long Sword (Kuromukuro). Owned by this samurai since the Sengoku period, his weapon of choice was to kill those ogres from outer space. He never had it broken or lost. Although it does sting for the monsters, and glows in the dark like a watch, but no one had seen a long sword so different since long ago. It only glows it the dark while fighting. Not when an ogre is close by. He had intended to use this long sword since he had promised to protect someone that he admired on. But with this long sword, so sharp, and with its executive power, he could have his victims to be cut in half. Especially if they are part human, part alien.

5. Rukia’s White Katana (Bleach). Since Rukia had a black katana in the beginning as a Soul Reaper, she had this as a new sword to use as a Soul Reaper. She received this as a gift in season 3 from the Soul Society. Right after defeating a white woman, who was almost faster than Rukia. This katana was also able to protect Rukia, before she was close to losing parts of her hair while fighting. And as a Soul Reaper, pretty much like her friend Ichigo, it is their job to deal with spiritual monsters that are messing with the afterlife. She kept this from the TV episode that she deserved it, to the very end when this all over.

4. Excalibur (From the 1981 movie of the same name). Retrieved by Merlin from the Lady of the Lake, it was previously owned by King Uther Pendragon. King Arthur’s father. Unfortunately after Uther’s downfall, his son Arthur reclaims it and became the new king of England. With amazingly executive power, King Arthur who wields Excalibur must fight the urge to summon its power to defeat anything evil instead of good. He kept it for his entire life, until he finally killed Mordred at the final conflict near the climax.

3. Tetsuiga (InuYasha). Forged by that very old blacksmith, Totosai, he made it for the Great Dog Demon which happens to be InuYasha’s father. In fact, he had this and two more swords of an honorable ruler. And after he died in the opening scene of the third movie, it was then later given and owned by his youngest son, InuYasha. His selfish brother Sesshomaru wanted that weapon, than the Tenseiga. But he never did reclaim it. By looking at it, it can be a rusty old katana that hasn’t been used for more than 100 years. However in its true form, a massive blade that can wipe out a fire immortal demon horse or venomous spider heads. This can also have special powers. You can tell by the way it changes colour.

2. The Sharp Rapier (Cardcaptors). In the form of a Clow Card, before being transformed into those Star Cards, it only reads ‘Sword Card’. And that photo; chained in its scabbard as it must be never released. However, by its real form, it’s what I call ‘the sharp rapier’. Forged by Clow Reed, this rapier is so sharp and so strong, Sakura could cut a clear pathway or cut a giant teddy bear’s ear off. And is much more powerful than Li’s sword. One of her friends was possessed by this rapier to kill them, but became a very nice weapon whenever Sakura needed it. In some of those TV episodes, and that movie where Sakura won that trip to Hong Kong, China. Very cool when you look at it.

1. Hanzo Sword (Kill Bill). Owned by Beatrix Kiddo, this katana was forged by the legendary blacksmith, Hattori Hanzo (portrayed by Sonny Chiba), who swore a blood oath by never making more samurai swords. But as the bride came to him, she needed one for her roaring rampage, as this became his latest katana that he had ever made. In fact, there were three katanas that Hattori Hanzo made in both movies. This one for Beatrix, another one that Bill had from earlier, and the other one for his brother Budd, in which he lied to him about pawning it. But, Beatrix found it in his golf bag. He tried to kill Bill by using her katana, but came her special move instead. The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. So thanks to director Quentin Tarantino who had been very much interested in Japanese culture, this became the 1# sword of all time.

So by looking at a sword or a katana like so, you’ll know that a warrior deserves that weapon. As the father, or master of that warrior, gives it to him/her. And no matter what happens or what will the cost be, one must never have it lost or broken at all. Not especially for how you might end up.

And as for victims that got themselves killed by those swords, they’ve ended up as dead as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad including their boss, Bill.

Or what I like to call, the Vipers Grimm…..

Scalped.

Stabbed.

Snake bitten.

Eye plucked.

And heart exploded.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite swords from those movies and TV shows?

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

The 1984 version with Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, and Bernard Hill was too arrogant, and too aggressive cause for how Captain Bligh, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, his voice was too dull. His voice was much better when he was in “A Bridge Too Far” and “The Silence of the Lambs”.

However, the 1962 version with Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris was much better.

Nominated for seven Oscar awards, and three Golden Globe Awards tells the whole true story. Based on a book I read once, to leading everything that occurred in the 1700’s, it really makes sense.

In 1787, the HMS Bounty was to collect breadfruit from Tahiti, and transport the plants to Jamaica. Unfortunately, the voyage became so dangerous and so crucial, Captain Bligh became vicious. So his first mate, Lt. Fletcher Christian and the crew, planned a mutiny to get rid of him. They got rid of Bligh, the crew members that went with him, and the breadfruit by throwing them out to sea.

They went back to Tahiti and planned a new voyage. They stopped at the Pitcairn Islands, made themselves a new home, and never returned to Britain. The HMS Bounty was set on fire, by the one of the crew members.

So for a success, 8/10 stars.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Move over Nurse Ratched and Wicked Witch!!

Cause she is the new badass in cinema history. Frances McDormand won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress in this movie.

And if you mess with her, she’ll mess you back so hard, she’ll set you on fire!

This mystery movie made cinema history, as it won two Oscar awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.

An aggressive woman, who lived in a small town called Ebbing in Missouri, USA had became the most serious and very aggressive woman in town, cause her daughter was raped and murdered by rapists. They didn’t find on who the murderer is. So by Easter Sunday, she took the control of three advertising billboards. That no had ever used in a long time.

Written in black paint with red paint, these are the letters that she wrote as a message…

Right near her own home close by, it got the attention of two police officers. One who committed suicide from stage 4 cancer, and the other who got his ass fired. Although those billboards got burned by the police officer who got his ass fired, but she did burned down the police station. Right after those billboards got rebuilt again, they’ve found the rapist who was responsible for murdering her daughter. They tried to get a DNA match on him, but the guy lied.

So together on what must be done, was that both the woman and the cop who got his ass fired, got themselves into vigilante business. Just as how Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis and Eli Roth got into the ‘Death Wish’ movies.

Along with Frances McDormand, are Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell as the two cops. Sam Rockwell who was the cop who got his ass fired, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. That Golden Globe Award too.

Which why I give this 7.4 out of 10 stars. Really good.

It does tell me everything really. Sometimes people in the future today face harsh times and what occurs in life. Which was why some people were aggressive in this movie, how they’ve felt very bad for the daughter and the sheriff who got killed, and Frances McDormand as that Mildred Hayes did some payback. Although she did care for those billboards and how she missed her daughter, but I can say this…

She can be a most serious badass for business since Eli Roth in “Inglorious Basterds”…

Canadian Pacific Railway- 150th anniversary

They never told me about this part, during the 150th anniversary of Canada. I was mostly concerned about the fireworks display that they were having in downtown Ottawa. They never made a movie about this, but some directors did get some ideas from the time of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Long ago in 1867, at the time when Canada became a country in North America, they began to build the Canadian Pacific Railway that could stretch across Canada. It took them a very long time to build the railway.

The toughest parts were going across rivers, through the thick forests, and the Rockies Mountains. They went from Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia. It was very hard work. a Pretty much like how “Hell on Wheels” took place.

And as the years have passed, the whole railway system in Canada went from old fashioned, to everything majestic. Cities admired the steam trains and how very big they were. In fact, some famous people came to Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Such as King George VI….

…Queen Elizabeth….

….Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War, after rescuing soldiers from Dunkirk….

….and President John F. Kennedy with his wife before or after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Railways all over North America including Canada’s were massive. One part that had to be aware of were the stowaways and the hobos.

   

Some of that info got the film directors to make those movies about stowaways on trains. Such as David Carradine in “Bound for Glory”, that disappearing hobo in “The Polar Express”, and the opening credits of “Hobo with a Shotgun” before we were lead to those violent gruesome parts.

The very good train movie that everyone admired on, was “Stand By Me”. Directed by Rob Reiner, based on the book by Stephen King, as it had River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell. And so was “Silver Streak”.

Years have passed when VIA Rail was born. And how Canada was mostly concerned about the diesel engines. The steam engines mostly went to parts of the world, far up north to where they need them. Some in Alaska, while a few are in north of Europe.

In the summer of 2017, only the very last train remains from 100 years ago. The Royal Canadian Pacific. Thanks to a drama TV show, that took place in the west of Canada, “Rocky Mountain Railroad”, the passenger cars were nearly 100 years old, and were still the same. With its gold bars, brown paint, electric power, and its looks on the inside, it never changed one bit.

They had this train to go across Canada for its 150th anniversary. Their target: Ottawa, Ontario. But I never saw it entering there. I was more concerned about the fireworks display. Besides, the first stop that they got themselves into was Revelstoke. It was pretty much like the Silver Streak train from that 1970’s movie when it went from Los Angeles to Chicago.

  

The two locomotives were from the 1950’s as the passenger cars go back to the time when they were born, at the year when the First World War was declared. 1914.

And the surprise guest? Kelly Prescott and the Railroad Ramblers. However, the real guest of honor happens to be the new Canadian prime minister. Justin Trudeau.

“This train is an example of how we bound the two oceans together, and connected people from coast to coast. It’s great to see everyone to continue to celebrate 150 years. All right Canada! Alright BC! Alright Revelstoke! Merci Beaucoup!”

-Justin Trudeau.

The Royal Canadian Pacific was definitely the very last train to show it’s appearance for its 150th anniversary. For both the CPR railway and Canada too. I may have read a book about its early days once, but the real photos show me every piece of CPR history.

And as I’ll never forget CPR history, the best part about Canada’s 150th anniversary, were the fireworks. Besides, I was listening to Katy Perry’s song ‘Firework’ from “The Interview” at that time.

You can see for yourself…

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

I’ve played the video games once, before I saw this movie with my own eyes. I didn’t saw this on TV or in theatres really. It was on DVD that I found once. And it beats every single movie based on video games in this world. Especially when Jean Claude Van Damme was in the live action version to rescue them, and how they made a few cameo appearances in that 1994 movie.

Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li, had to face the forces of M. Bison who was into brainwashing control. Chun-Li almost died, but was recovered quickly when this was all over. Only Ken and Ryu had to deal with M. Bison before his attack could cause annihilation.

For a success, and how the Toei Company worked with Manga Entertainment for this movie, I give this 9/10 stars. Very good.

Jean Claude Van Damme may have admired anime very well, before he was the alligator in “Kung Fu Panda 2”, but this became so inspiring, that in that TV show, ‘South Park’, season 8, episode 1, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Craig, Jimmy, Clyde and Token with martial arts weapons, they became like street fighters. Although Butters was the bad guy like M. Bison, but you should’ve seen on how he almost lost his eyeball. Who says that anime is the best as always?

Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

Based on the bestselling video game, and from VIZ Video that did the DVDs and videotapes of “Hamtaro”, “Pokémon”, “Ranma 1/2”, and the two movies of “Galaxy Express 999”, came this anime masterpiece.

Legendary armour, worn by Alexander the Great, made him transform into one of the sinister Roman gods. Four warriors defeated him, and broke up his amour to be hidden in well known locations that Alexander the Great once conquered.

Years later, a possessed fighter took control of the armour, and wanted to cause annihilation for some payback. Only his sister, and a couple of fighters were able to stop his destruction. Although there was only one casualty from our band of heroes, but one of them who kept his promise, kept that moment to himself, and never made a sound. With the voice talents of Matt Hill and Myriam Sirois, it was before that those two went in their separate ways.

Myriam Sirois went onto becoming the blue haired girl in Ranma 1/2, Akane Tendo.

Matt Hill however, hired by both Teletoon and YTV those two kids channels, he was in a couple of anime TV shows that you might be interested in.

For a success and how it beats movies based on video games, 10/10 stars. You may find this dramatic, and how it might lead to something sad in the end, but you’ll know on how promises need to be kept.

Battleground (1949)

This was the very first war movie that Ricardo Montalbán had ever saw snow on. In the Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War.

Along with him are James Whitmore, Van Johnson, George Murphy, and a cast of American actors that I’ve never heard of before.

Mid-December, 1944. A platoon of American soldiers went into the snowy forest. Very deep. Some Germans were in disguised as the American army, as they had to figure out on who are German, or if some are American.

In fact, this was nominated for four Oscar awards including Best Picture, as this won only two. For Best Cinematography and Best Writing. But this did won two Golden Globe Awards. For Best Supporting Actor on James Whitmore, and Best Screenplay.

The best part about this, was the climax. Airborne planes dropping parachutes. Packages on food and ammo for the scattered soldiers to survive. With more firepower that they needed, far deep in the forest, and right beside the railroad line, that was when they won that battle and were almost to the path that they never chosen on. And that is the path of surrender.

They did lose a few things such as boots, socks, and bits of stuff for what they needed. Cause when you’re in a forest with snow and ice, like that storm in April of 2018 that occurred Gatineau Park in Quebec for example, right close to Ottawa, Ontario, you have to make sure on how to outsmart the enemy, or end up freezing to death such as the climbers in “Everest”.

A straight ‘A’ is what I give for this very old Oscar winning movie.

By looking at them, amazing. And didn’t ended up by taking the wrong road as how they did.

     

Curly Howard: “DEFROST ME!!!!”

2001: A Space Odyssey- 50th anniversary

On April 3rd of 1968, Arthur C. Clarke’s bestselling novel came to the cinema screen and made film history, thanks to that famous director, Stanley Kubrick. This movie in fact, was nominated for four Oscar awards, won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He definitely deserved that award.

From the naked dawn of man, to the future of 1999 and 2001, on space travel, a black monolith had appeared twice. On the Earth where the apes became aware on, and how it made a loud noise to the astronauts on the surface of the moon.

Months later, the back monolith affected one of the astronauts while on the long voyage to Jupiter. But before that, while his crew were in cryogenics, and how his partner was outside the spacecraft, the computer HAL-9000, malfunctioned. He killed the three members in cryogenics, and his partner while outside the spacecraft.

He had to disconnect HAL-9000. And when he found out about the truth, he knew on what he was going to face on. Which was why by reaching Jupiter, and left to investigate, he got himself into a vortex. And as he grew older and older in a bedroom, he was ready to die when he was transformed all of a sudden. Turned into a space baby in a fetus orb of light. He gazed at the Earth and became something that no astronomer had ever laid eyes on.

Although I do sometimes think on what happens if that orb of light was broken, and all of a sudden, that space baby would start crying…

In this movie, are Kier Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain, and as a cameo, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian as Dr. Heywood Floyd’s daughter.

With special music such as Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss and the Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, no wonder this made cinema history. In fact, they did a sequel in which that was nominated for five Oscar awards. “2010: The Year We Made Contact” in 1984. Starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, and Bob Balaban.

50 years later, in April of 2018, now comes the 50th anniversary of that Kubrick masterpiece. Although they did do a 40th anniversary screening in 2008, but Vivian Kubrick received an award in honor of her father that year.

By celebrating that movie, filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have been interviewed while Kier Dullea talked about both Arthur C. Clarke and how Stanley Kubrick made his novel come to life.

“In an infinite and eternal universe, the point is, anything is possible”

-Stanley Kubrick

He was really a film genius at that time by making that movie. And his other masterpieces based on novels that were Oscar nominated, as some such as this and “Barry Lyndon” were Oscar winners. Except for “Lolita” and “Eyes Wide Shut” in which Kirk Douglas in his own words, ‘lousiest movies ever’.

But no matter how Kubrick did to his movies, “2001: A Space Odyssey” remains to be the most famous movie in cinema history. So here’s to 50 years, and to Stanley Kubrick’s most famous masterpiece…….

Stargate (1994)

This was the original movie that started that sci-fi TV business on its franchise.

From the director who did “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence”, Kurt Russell, and Erick Avari were the only guys that I know of in this movie.

A star-gate, is a ringed shaped portal that can take you to a far away distance in outer space. An Egyptologist and a bunch of soldiers found one, activated it, and accidentally got themselves warped onto an alien desert planet, that they weren’t sure on. They had to find it again in order to escape back to Earth, or the aliens will grind their bones to bits. Alien gods too if you ask me.

So for a success, I give this 9/10 stars.